Light TV (styled LIGHTtv) is an American digital broadcast television network owned by MGM Television that launched on December 22, 2016. The network features family-friendly and faith-based entertainment programming. Light TV is headed by the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; Burnett is the CEO of MGM TV, while Downey is best known as an actress and star of Touched by an Angel. Both Burnett and Downey consider themselves deeply religious, and have teamed in the past on producing several religious- or family-oriented projects (most notably the 2013 History miniseries The Bible) through the MGM subsidiary Downey leads, Lightworkers Media.
|Type||Digital broadcast television network|
|Availability||Nationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV)|
|Slogan||There is something good on|
|Headquarters||Beverly Hills, California|
|December 22, 2016|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
The then-new over-the-top (OTT) faith-based channel was under development as early as September 2014 when MGM purchased 55% of One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, owned by Hearst Entertainment, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and consolidated them into United Artists Media Group. With MGM purchasing Hearst and Burnett and Downey's shares in UAMG, the channel was still a planned streaming service. However, Hearst and Burnett and Downey retained their stakes in the channel.
MGM announced the formation of Light TV on November 16, 2016, with a launch planned for December on thirteen Fox TV stations. However, Light TV launched on December 22, 2016 on only two stations.
Light TV features several series and movies meant to fit the network's family-oriented approach, including content from the MGM film and TV library or acquired through outside sources. Infomercials were added to the Light TV lineup in 2019, occupying all of the overnight hours and into the early morning.
- Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (2016–2019)
Former children's programming
- The Adventures of Paddington Bear (2016-2019) (aired in rotation with Franny's Feet)
- All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (December 22, 2016 – September 29, 2019)
- Franny's Feet (2017–September 30, 2019) (aired in rotation with The Adventures of Paddington Bear)
- Heathcliff (October 6, 2018 – September 30, 2019)
- Madeline (December 22, 2016 – September 30, 2019)
- The Pink Panther Show (December 24, 2016 – September 29, 2019)
- Wimzie's House (December 22, 2016 – September 30, 2019)
Light TV initially launched on subchannels of fourteen Fox and MyNetworkTV stations owned by Fox Television Stations, with most of the initial affiliates being owned-and-operated stations of the Fox Broadcasting Company. MGM will offer the network to stations outside the initial markets.
|Owner (management company)||Date of affiliation||Notes|
|Greensboro||WDVZ-CD||3||3.2||University of Alabama|
|Tuscaloosa/Birmingham||WVUA||6||23.2||June 1, 2017|
|Phoenix||KSAZ-TV||10||10.4||Fox Television Stations||July 20, 2017|
|Harrison||K26GS-D||26||26.4||Reynolds Media, Inc.||2017|
|Little Rock||KTVV-LD||18||18.2||Larry Morton|
|Los Angeles||KTTV||13.8||11.3||Fox Television Stations||December 22, 2016||Digital signal shared with sister station KCOP-TV 13|
|San Jose||KICU-TV||36||36.5||October 19, 2017|
|Santa Barbara||KZDF-LD||8.3||December 2017|
|Colorado Springs||KWHS-LD||51.1||51.1||Christian Television Network||KWHS-TV No longer carries Light TV|
|Sterling||KCDO-TV 3||23.6, 34.6||10.1||Newsweb Corporation||2017||KCDO-TV 3's display channel for Light TV is 10.1|
|Miami||WSVN||7.4||7.2||Sunbeam Television||July 14, 2017|
|Orlando||WOFL||22.4||35.2||Fox Television Stations|
|Tampa Bay||WTOG||44.3||44.3||CBS Corporation|
|Atlanta||WAGA-TV||27||5.4||Fox Television Stations||2017|
|Honolulu||KWHE-TV||31||14.2||Family Broadcasting Corporation||2017|
|Boise||KRID-LD||22||22.7||Karlo Maalouf||July 2017|
|Idaho Falls||KVUI||31||31.3||Ventura Broadcasting|
|Twins Falls||KXTF||34||35.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Chicago||WFLD||31.6||32.4||Fox Television Stations||June 11, 2018||Relocated from WPWR-TV 50.3|
|Marion||WTCT||17.5||27.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Peoria||WAOE||39.3||59.3||Venture Technologies Group||2017|
|Angola||WINM||12||12.3||Tri-State Christian Television||September 2017|
|Indianapolis||WHMB-TV||20.4||40.2||Family Broadcasting Corporation||June 2017|
|South Bend||WHME-TV||48.7||46.5||October 9, 2017|
|Des Moines||KDMI||19.3||19.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Iowa City||KWKB||25||20.2||KM Communications Inc.||2017|
|Wichita||KGPT-CD||24||26.7||Great Plains Television|
|Lexington||WLJC-TV||7||65.2||Hour of Harvest|
|Louisville||WBNA||8||21.3||Word Broadcasting Network||March 2017|
|Baton Rouge||KPBN||14.4||Pelican Broadcasting Network||January 1, 2018|
|Detroit||WHNE-LD||20.1||14.1||Tait Broadcasting, LLC||Since late August 2017|
|Traverse City-Cadillac||WMNN-LD||14.6||26.6||Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.||Since August 2017|
|Flint/Saginaw/Bay City||WAQP||48.5||49.3||Tri-State Christian Television||Since September 2017|
|Minneapolis||KMSP-TV||9||9.5||Fox Television Stations||July 26, 2017|
|Kansas City||KSMO-TV||32.4||62.2||Meredith Corporation||May 6, 2018|
|Springfield, Missouri||KRFT-LD||21||8.2||Craft Broadcasting||November 9, 2017|
|Las Vegas||KGNG-LD||26||47.5||King Kong Broadcasting, Inc.||October 23, 2017||Century Link Cable Channel 22|
|Reno||KTVN||11||2.2||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.||2018|
|Albuquerque||KTVS-LD||36.1||36.1||Alpha Omega Broadcasting||October 2017||(physical and virtual) channel 36.3 is a simulcast of 36.1|
|Albany||WNYA||13.4||51.2||Hubbard Broadcasting||November 1, 2017||Replaced Antenna TV|
|Jamestown||WNYB||26.5||26.3||Tri-State Christian Television||?|
|New York City||WNYW||27.6||5.4||Fox Television Stations||December 22, 2016|
|Rochester||DWNIB-LD||42.3||42.3||Tri-State Christian Television|
|Charlotte||WJZY||47.10||46.8||Fox Television Stations||2017|
|Cincinnati||WBQC-LD ("WKRP-TV")||47.7||25.5||Elliot Block||2018|
|Mansfield||WMFD-TV||12||68.3||Mid-State Television, Inc.||2017|
|Marion||WOCB-CD||22.5||39.5||Central Ohio Assoc. of Chr. Broadcasters|
|Tulsa||KGEB||53.2||53.2||Golden Eagle Broadcasting||August 26 2019|
|Philadelphia||WTXF-TV||42.5 to 38.5||29.3||Fox Television Stations||2017|
|Pittsburgh||WPCW||11.4, 27.4||19.4||CBS Corporation||July 2018|
|Greenville||WGGS-TV||16.6||16.4||Carolina Christian Broadcasting||2017|
|Chattanooga||WRCB||13||3.2||Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.||2018|
|Nashville||WJFB||44.3||44.3||Tri-State Christian Television||November 20, 2017|
|Austin||KGBS||19||19.5||CNZ Communications||October 9, 2017||Operated by HC2 Holdings|
|Dallas||KDFI||27||27.5||Fox Television Stations||July 14, 2017|
|San Antonio||KGMM-CD||24.4||24.2||CNZ Communications|
|Salt Lake City||KTMW||20||20.5|
|Grundy||WLFG||49.4||68.2||Living Faith Ministries, Inc.||February 3, 2018|
|Milwaukee||WIWN||68.2||CNZ Communications||September 1, 2017|
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